It's hard to believe that any year could top 2015 for music. After all, last year gave us amazing new albums from Justin Bieber, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Alessia Cara, One Direction, and a ton more — how could 2016 possibly top it? It's a tall order, I know, but I have faith that this year is going to go all out when it comes to great music. Some of our favorite artists are due to release new albums, and there'll likely be several new artists who come along and totally blow our eardrums off, too. From pop and hip hop to rock and country, this year is going to have something for everyone. Basically, I can't wait.
Of course, it's not going to be easy. The release of so much good music means you're going to have to try and make time for obsessively listening to all of them, and there really aren't enough hours in the day. After all, I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I'm still playing Purpose on repeat, so it's going to be tough to put aside all the great albums from 2015 to make way for new stuff. But we can do it. I believe in us.
Here are 9 albums coming out in 2016 that are going to be absolutely incredible:
Rihanna — ANTI
How long have we been waiting for Rihanna to drop ANTI now? The release date for this album has been continually pushed back, and if I didn't know any better, I'd say it was never going to come out. But it has to, right? After all, she's got a tour planned in support of it, so that has to mean something, right? ANTI could come out any day now, but exactly when it'll happen is anyone's guess.
Drake — Views From The 6
Drake loves us enough to continually release new material even if he is keeping us waiting an awfully long time for the album itself. He recently promised that the release of Views From The 6 is just around the corner, so he needs to hurry up and get it out because I think we all need more Drake in our lives, right?
Sia — This Is Acting
Sia's last album, 1000 Forms Of Fear, is one of the best pop albums of the past decade, I think. Is that a pretty big statement? Yes, it is. Is it true? YUP. This Is Acting will consist of songs Sia originally wrote with and/or for other big artists but which got scrapped from their albums, so she kept them for herself. More for us!
Kanye West — Swish
West only just released a new single, "FACTS," which bodes well for his upcoming album. It's a fantastic song, and while West has barely taken a day off since the release of 2013's Yeezus, it's promising to hear his new solo music. There's no release date set yet, but knowing that Yeezy is sending us a new album in 2016 is basically the best news ever.
Ariana Grande — Moonlight
"Focus" was, without a doubt, one of my favorite pop singles of late 2015, and made me way too excited to hear Grande's upcoming album, Moonlight. Given that her last album, My Everything, came out back in 2014, we're definitely due for some new songs (and yes, the Christmas EP was good, but I mean a real album). Moonlight is still a work in progress, and if the release months of her first two albums are anything to go by, we should hear this one sometime in August.
Christina Aguilera — Untitled
I've loved Christina Aguilera since her debut album back in the '90s, and while I may have fallen off the Xtina bandwagon in recent years, she will always be an absolute queen. The best part of knowing that she's releasing a new album is the fact that it's actually TWO ALBUMS. Ugh, I can't wait.
David Bowie — Blackstar
Don't discount David Bowie just because his heyday is long over — he's still an absolute legend and makes some great music, if you're a glam rock fan. Blackstar will be his 25th album, and his first one delving into jazz, which should be really interesting (and knowing Bowie, downright amazing).
Gwen Stefani — Untitled
If you've heard and loved "Used To Love You," then you'll be excited to know that it was only the first single from Stefani's upcoming album — her first solo album in a decade (which is way, way too long). I can't wait to hear what she comes up with next.
Britney Spears — Untitled
I will never not be excited for anything Britney Spears releases. We have little to no information about this album whatsoever, but we know from a tweet she posted that it's happening, and that's enough for me.